Demonstrating Impact

  • The Secrets of Survey Success

    Surveys are often the tool of choice when you want to determine how to meet the needs of your community or measure your library's impact. But do you know how to use the tool effectively? Choosing the right survey style for the situation and knowing w...

  • Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians

    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by t...

  • Pew Report: Public Libraries' Importance and Impact

    Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information.

    In a larger sense, Americans strongly value the role...

  • The Future of Reference is Outside the Library

    Over the last decade, the fortress-like walls of the library reference desk have been breached in favor of more inviting structures and roving librarians. However, that's not going far enough, according to Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County (CO)...

  • New Report on Rural and Small Libraries

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released a research brief providing the agency's first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. The report gives an overview of the distribution, service use, fiscal health, an...

  • Easy, Powerful, and Free: Sign Your Library Up for the Impact Survey

    Access to computers in public libraries changes lives. The landmark study Opportunity for All (2009) illustrated this decisively, with compelling national findings about the extent to which library computers are used to gain admission to college, obt...

  • If They Know About It and They Care About It: Successful Marketing Strategies

    Libraries are hubs for a wealth of services, programs, classes and other community resources. Librarians spend countless hours preparing not only great collections but also amazing programs and killer services for their specific communities. But just...

  • Dealing in Possibilities: Libraries Lead the Way for their Communities

    Libraries are in the business of information and inspiration. They deal in possibilities: What if I got a new job? What if I learned a new language? What if I earned my high school diploma? What if I recorded a song? These personal journeys ...

  • Making a Worldwide Impact

    At a time when only 35% of the world's population is connected to the Internet and people in rural and poor communities are deprived of the economic, educational, health, and social opportunities which a digital world offers, the work of the Global L...

  • Libraries and Families and Children, Oh My!

    Libraries play many important roles in their communities. They can be centers of learning as well as centers of community life. Libraries can also be very important in the lives of families and children. They can support early childhood learning, whi...